Best Hair Straighteners

A decent hair straightener should be able to turn even the bounciest curls into sleek, straight hair while protecting it from heat damage. Choosing the right hair styling tool is important, whether you’re looking for a straightener for curly hair, a hair straightening brush, or something else to transform your locks. Continue reading...

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Based on 3,087 reviews
SAS Professional Hair Straightener

SAS Professional Hair Straightener 🏆 2024

4.7  (298)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $189.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic-Coated and Titanium
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Debbie
Debbie
  Verified
LOVE IT!Finally a hair straightener that keeps my hair straight! Highly impressed with my sas hair straightener and its a fantastic value for money product. Easy to use and heats up super quickly! customer service was fantastic in answering my questions and shipping was very quick. Thank you for a very pleasant experience! Show details
OzHead MKIII

OzHead MKIII

4.6  (231)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $299.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Tourmaline-Coated
Peter
Peter
 
GlamPalm

GlamPalm

4.3  (182)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199 to $340
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Monique W.
Monique W.2 posts
  Clinic
GlamPalm
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Cloud Nine Wide Iron

Cloud Nine Wide Iron

4.5  (72)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $339
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Nikki castles
Nikki castles NSW3 posts
 
ghd Original IV Styler

ghd Original IV Styler

4.0  (481)
 Summary
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Janatha
Janatha2 posts
  Verified
Worst product and bad customer serviceNever ever buy anything called GHD from them. All their items are expensive only. But the qualities are exactly same as REMINGTON! I was so excited to get GHD in my life dreaming 10 years. But the quality is local and cheap! I spent $900.00 for nothing just for this [Content Removed] brand! Show details
Muk Style Stick

Muk Style Stick

4.2  (143)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95 to $249.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Sarah
SarahWA
  230-IR
Worst straighteners EVERWorst straighteners I have ever owned stopped working after 6 months got a replacement and next set lasted 8 months. These straighteners are crap save yourself some money and go for a different brand Show details
Silver Bullet Keratin 230

Silver Bullet Keratin 230

4.2  (101)
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  • Price (RRP) $229.96 to $239.95
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Titanium
Nicole
NicoleNSW9 posts
  Titanium
Perfectly straight hair everyoneThis is the best hair straightener for my wavy hair. Stays straight for longer with no dreaded kick outs at the end. Show details
ghd Gold Styler

ghd Gold Styler

3.7  (430)
 Summary
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
bel
bel2 posts
  Verified
L'Oreal Professionnel Steampod

L'Oreal Professionnel Steampod

3.9  (89)
 Summary
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
Ana M.
Ana M.
  Verified
awful toolMy hair feels dry and crunchy after using the steampod. Show details
Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish

Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish

4.0  (53)
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  • Price (RRP) $69.95 to $79.95
  • Plate TypeFixed and Brush
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
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memum
memum2 posts
  CB7400AU
Cloud Nine Original Iron

Cloud Nine Original Iron

3.5  (298)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $339
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
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Michelle
MichelleNSW13 posts
 
ghd Max Wide Plate Styler

ghd Max Wide Plate Styler

3.7  (68)
 Summary
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Kathy P.
Kathy P.4 posts
 
It’s greatMy first hair straightener ever. And had to buy for my teen daughter.
I am really against these things as it may cause so much damage. She has very long hair past her waist, very thick and dry.
It’s working well with ease, it’s safe to use and the end result is great. The product stands up to its brand. Show details
ghd Mini Styler

ghd Mini Styler

4.7  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $280
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Maddy
MaddyNSW3 posts
  Fair Incentive
Ghd are greatI am so amazed by the ghd it has changed not only my hair but my life as well it makes me feel so comfortable with my hair. Buying a ghd was the best thing I did. It removes the frizz from hair and makes it so straight. I definitely recommend Show details ·  1
Halo Hair Kate Ceramic

Halo Hair Kate Ceramic

3.6  (63)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $249.95
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Pearl
Pearl
 
Not greatI have medium-thick curly hair. The straightener glided easily through my hair, but left a very burnt smell even on low temperature. This straightener didn't keep my hair straight for more than half an hour, my hair became noticeably wavy after only 30 minutes. Would not recommend for thick curly hair.
Halo Hair Farrah Titanium

Halo Hair Farrah Titanium

3.6  (65)
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  • Price (RRP) $239.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialTitanium
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Shobha P.
Shobha P.VIC2 posts
 
Remington Pro Ceramic Max Straightener S5525AU

Remington Pro Ceramic Max Straightener S5525AU

4.5  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $59.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
sammi
sammi5 posts
 
Love it!Quick and easy to use, straightens my hair in half the time compared to regular sized plates! :) Have purchased several times, consistently happy with their product. Show details
Instyler Max Rotating Iron

Instyler Max Rotating Iron

4.3  (22)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149.99
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Tourmaline-Coated
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Karen
Karen
 
It works good but it falls apart after a year!Work’s really good makes hair soft shiny. But after a year it falls apart and I’m sorry for what you pay for this is not worth the cost. Very upset that they won’t make them better. Show details
Kmart Anko Slimline LCD Hair Straightener

Kmart Anko Slimline LCD Hair Straightener

4.3  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $20
  • Plate TypeFixed
  • Plate MaterialCeramic-Coated
Jay
JayQLD5 posts
 
Burning my foreheadI use my Straightening iron often; but when I do, I burn my forehead close to my scalp. Is this a design problem? Or am I using incorrectly? I love the product but the burn issue is a problem. Show details
Kmart
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Hi Jay, thank you for sharing your query. We encourage you to reach out to our team via external link  or call us on 1800 124 125, so a team member can follow up on your product concern. Thank you very much.

  • Price (RRP) $499
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Mona M.
Mona M.NSW3 posts
  Verified
Remington PROluxe Salon

Remington PROluxe Salon

4.2  (20)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $99.95 to $149.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating and Brush
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Ceramic-Coated
Irene
IreneVIC19 posts
  Verified S9100AU
Silver Bullet Hybrid

Silver Bullet Hybrid

4.4  (17)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $109.95
  • Plate TypeBrush
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
KiaraRose
KiaraRose8 posts
  Verified
ALDI Visage Hair Straightener

ALDI Visage Hair Straightener

4.7  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $14.99 to $29.99
  • Plate TypeFixed
  • Plate MaterialCeramic, Ceramic-Coated and Tourmaline-Coated
Angela Lott
Angela Lott
  Visage Hair Straightener with Curl Function
This is the best hair straightener that I've ever used!It heats up quickly(less than 15 secs). I get salon results without having to go to the salon! This doesn't burn my fine hair! People compliment me on how healthy and beautiful my hair is all of the time! I can curl my hair quickly with this. I bought 2 so that I will always have a backup!! Show details
True.Me True.Original

True.Me True.Original

4.4  (15)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $179
  • Plate TypeFixed
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Alex
AlexSydney2 posts
 
Silver Bullet Attitude

Silver Bullet Attitude

3.6  (30)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic and Tourmaline-Coated
AnnaT
AnnaTNSW2 posts
 
ghd Platinum Plus

ghd Platinum Plus

3.0  (85)
 Summary
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
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$340Ghd
michelle w.
michelle w.NSW
  Verified
VS Sassoon Slim Ceramic VS2011A

VS Sassoon Slim Ceramic VS2011A

3.7  (13)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $32.95
  • Plate TypeSingle Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Debz
DebzQLD20 posts
 
No good for meHeats up fast and was doing OK for a while. But now my hair is still frizzy and dry after I use it. Had to go to hair dresser for a silk smooth look. Show details
SAS Professional Wide Hair Straightener

SAS Professional Wide Hair Straightener

4.3  (9)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $199.95
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialCeramic-Coated and Titanium
littlemunchkin
littlemunchkin29 posts
 
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Cabello Glow Hot Straightening Brush

Cabello Glow Hot Straightening Brush

3.0  (23)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $129
  • Plate TypeBrush
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Jane G.
Jane G.QLD
  Verified
First useWas expecting steam everywhere. Very subtle. Used the lowest setting on my dry bleached streaks. Smoothed my hair, but not like a flat iron. Feels nice and full. No frizz or fly away hairs. Need to experiment with it to get some waves happening. Pretty happy after my first use. Show details
Philips Prestige Pro HPS930/00

Philips Prestige Pro HPS930/00

4.0  (10)
 Summary
  • Price (RRP) $149
  • Plate TypeDual Floating
  • Plate MaterialTitanium
Amb
Amb8 posts
 
Terrible experienceI am not happy with this as during hair straightening my hair get stuck in thermostat dial inside the straightener have to return after one use.. although result was good
Philips Domestic Appliances
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InStyler Straight Away Brush

InStyler Straight Away Brush

2.8  (24)
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  • Price (RRP) $169.98
  • Plate TypeBrush
  • Plate MaterialCeramic
Bron
BronVIC15 posts
 

Types of hair straighteners

A hair stylist using a hair straightener to straighten the hair of a woman

Hair straighteners are often categorised by the material of their plate - most will have plates either made from ceramic, tourmaline, or titanium. You can sometimes find aluminium, alloy, or glass plates, but these are extremely damaging and inefficient, so they’re not recommended.

Ceramic

Ceramic plates are the most common plate material found in straighteners, and they’re effective at straightening most hair types.

Pros
Distribute heat evenly at lower temperatures, making them great for hair that’s easily straightened and doesn’t need much styling.
Affordable.
Cons
Requires higher temperatures to achieve the same result as titanium plates.
Daily use may cause more damage to hair than other plate types.

You can also find ceramic-coated plates which have all the benefits of a ceramic hair straightener, but the coating can chip away over time and result in uneven heating, which is why this is only really found in more budget straighteners.

Tourmaline

Tourmaline-coated, or ionic plates, are negatively charged when heated and heat the hair from inside the hair shaft, which heats up hair more quickly. These plates are most suitable for damaged hair.

Pros
Negative ions help lock in moisture and close the hair cuticle, giving hair a shiny appearance.
Heats up hair quickly.
Helps reduce frizz as they eliminate static.
Cons
May need more passes to straighten hair than titanium plates.

Titanium

Titanium plates tend to be the most efficient, safe, and effective plate type available, making them great for making coarse, curly hair straight in one pass and reducing overall styling time.

Pros
Heats up quickly and styles hair efficiently.
Spreads heat evenly over plate surface.
Can be used at lower temperatures than ceramic plates but still achieve the same results, making them great for daily use.
It’s the least damaging hair straightener.
Cons
Most expensive plate type on the market.

What straighteners do salons use?

Titanium straighteners are usually the preferred straightener for salons and professional hair stylists, however this doesn’t necessarily mean that you should go out and buy a salon-quality titanium iron for great results, as there may be other materials that are better suited for your hair type.

How do I choose a good hair straightener?

Finding a good straightening hair product that can achieve salon-worthy results can be easier if you consider the following when you shop.

Plate type

If you’re looking for a flat iron, they’ll either have fixed or floating plates. Floating plates have the advantage of being able to move and adjust pressure on your hair, helping protect the hair shaft from damage.

This flexibility lets the plates better adjust to suit the style you’re going for, and does a better job at preventing snagging and tangling. You can find both single floating and dual floating plates, however dual floating tends to be more effective.

Flat ironing can damage hair if you overheat it, which is why straightening brushes that operate at a lower heat can be handy. These heated hair brushes detangle hair and can leave it smooth and shiny, and their reduced temperature makes them great for using on thin or damaged hair.

Side by side product images of the ghd Gold Style Hair Straightener and the Remington Hair Straightening Brush.

On the left: The Gold Styler ghd hair straightener with dual floating plates. On the right: The Remington Hair Straightener Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Brush.

Plate size

A wide plate can shorten the time it takes to straighten your hair. They’re suitable for long, thick hair, as they straighten more hair with each pass.

Narrow plates are more suited to short or fine hair, as they apply less heat and therefore don’t damage the hair shaft as much. Slimmer plates are also easier to store and fit into your travel bag.

You can also find mini hair straighteners that are designed for travel - while they’re convenient, they’re usually not nearly as powerful as their full-sized counterparts.

Plate shape

A straightener with rounded edges at the top makes it easier to create curly hair. If a flat iron has straight edges, it will give you even straighter hair.

Features

There are some features to look out for that can make using your straightener a breeze.

  • Cordless: A cordless hair straightener can be used anywhere, so you don’t need to position yourself next to a power outlet to use it.
  • Universal voltage: This is handy if you think you’ll be taking your straightener with you when you travel overseas.
  • Auto shut-off: If you’re a bit forgetful, looking for a straightener that automatically shuts off after a certain period of time can prevent it from starting a fire, or at the very least save you from being slapped with a big energy bill.
  • Foldable handle: A folding handle makes your straightener more compact so that it takes up less space in your bathroom drawer or your luggage - no game of Tetris needed.
  • Storage case: This makes it easy to transport your straightener.
  • Steam technology: Some straighteners use steam as well as heated plates to straighten hair - steam hair straighteners are thought to be less damaging to your hair, more efficient to use, and more smoothing for the hair.
  • Protective heat mat: Some straighteners come with a heat mat that you can rest the straightener on while it’s turned on, so you don’t have to worry about heat damaging your furniture.
  • Infused plates: The plates on some straighteners are infused with hair-nourishing ingredients like keratin and argan oil, which help with repairing and protecting your hair.
  • Wet-to-dry: A wet-to-dry straightener dries hair while you straighten it, however it’s still recommended to use it on damp hair, not when it’s sopping wet after you've just jumped out of the shower.

Temperature

Straighteners can go up to temperatures of 150 to 250°C, but just because you can get a super-hot iron, doesn’t mean that you need one.

People with fine or damaged hair may want to use a straightener at a lower heat, which is why a straightener with adjustable temperature settings may be useful to avoid burning your hair.

Some more high-end irons also have intelligent heat control, which has sensors in the plates that automatically adjust the temperature so that it's just hot enough to straighten hair without overheating it.

Heating time

Try and find a quality hair straightener in your budget with quick heat-up times that’s also efficient in straightening your hair. Some straighteners can fully heat up in under 30 seconds, however you should read reviews to see if the advertised heating time is accurate.

What else should I look for in reviews?

  • How long it takes to style hair - bonus points if it only takes one pass to make hair completely straight.
  • How gentle the straightener is with hair.
  • The hair type and length of reviewers, so that you can see whether a product is right for your hair.

Ease of use

Check for the position of the controls - sometimes they’re fiddly and it can be easy to accidentally turn the straightener off while you’re using it. If you can, hold the straightener to see if you can easily adjust the controls with just one hand.

A swivel cord also makes using the hair straightener at any angle easier, as you won’t tangle up the cord when you move the iron around.

Price

A hair straightener can cost you anywhere from $20 to $700, with most costing somewhere between $50 to $300. We know, the huge difference in price points doesn’t make choosing an iron any easier, but if you want more “luxe” features like titanium plates and intelligent heat control, then expect to fork out more.

Although spending more can often get you a more effective and durable straightener, you can find high-quality straighteners at lower price points that do the job just fine.

The bottom line

Think about how often you use a straightener and what you intend to use it for, and you should be able to find a selection of irons that are fit-for-purpose.

If it’s easy to use, heats up quickly, doesn’t unnecessarily damage your hair, and gives you the look you’re after, then there’s a high chance it’s right for you.

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